The Americanization of Edward Bok: An Autobiography

The Americanization of Edward Bok An Autobiography This Pulitzer Prize winning autobiography charmingly chronicles the life of Edward Bok the longtime editor of The Ladies Home Journal and a noted philanthropist Bok wrote of his eventful life Every

  • Title: The Americanization of Edward Bok: An Autobiography
  • Author: Edward Bok
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  • Page: 199
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  • This Pulitzer Prize winning autobiography charmingly chronicles the life of Edward Bok, the longtime editor of The Ladies Home Journal and a noted philanthropist Bok wrote of his eventful life, Every life has some interest and significance mine, perhaps, a special one Here was a little Dutch boy unceremoniously set down in America unable to make himself understood or eThis Pulitzer Prize winning autobiography charmingly chronicles the life of Edward Bok, the longtime editor of The Ladies Home Journal and a noted philanthropist Bok wrote of his eventful life, Every life has some interest and significance mine, perhaps, a special one Here was a little Dutch boy unceremoniously set down in America unable to make himself understood or even to know what persons were saying his education was extremely limited, practically negligible and yet, by curious decree of fate, he was destined to write, for a period of years, to the largest body of readers ever addressed by an American editor Perhaps Bok s success was due to his willingness to champion progressive causes to the wide readership of The Ladies Home Journal Bok advocated women s suffrage, saving the environment, public sex education, education on prenatal care and children s health, and pacifism EDWARD BOK 1863 1930 , American Pulitzer Prize winning author, was born in Den Helder, The Netherlands, and came to the United States in 1869 He edited The Ladies Home Journal for 30 years During that time, it became the first magazine to reach one million subscribers Bok also wrote books such as Successward and America Give Me a Chance He established a number of civic programs and awards, including the American Peace Award, the Harvard Advertising Awards, and the Philadelphia Commission.

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    1. Every American should read this book. Anyone seeking to become an American should read this book. Every family should read this book aloud for family reading time.Every homeschooling family should read this book aloud and also use it as a unit study.Every high school student should read this book.Every business major in college should read this book.Every politician should read this book.Every journalist should read this book.Every writer or aspiring writer should read this book.I wish I possess [...]


    2. I LOVE this book. I am reading it to Hannah and it is a great autobiography ( written in third person though). He was a brilliant, hard-working man who worked hard and is in inspiration to us. I encourage you to read it. It makes me smile.


    3. I found this odd little autobiography while looking through the Pulitzer archives, where you can read it for free if you like, and was intrigued by the title. Who was Edward Bok and what did it mean to Americanize him? Turns out he was pretty famous and successful in his own time and his "Americanization" is a total "rags to riches" tale popular in the 19th century. Bok was born in the Netherlands and came to America in 1869 with his brother and parents. They were well to do at home but fell on [...]


    4. What a surprise to discover this gem! I usually read fiction, but this title showed up in a list of Pulitzer Price winners and I couldn't resist. This is one of those books that we need to read and re-read as America ages (we're getting old and grumpy about immigrants) and its citizens are no longer hungry for freedom. Our ancestors mostly came to America generations abo, and now we don't understand the new immigrants coming to our shores. We are starting to not act in the American spirit. I rec [...]


    5. What an incredibly intelligent gentleman far beyond his years. This is one man we all could learn from. Very very interesting. Held my attention from page 1.


    6. I was surprised to see that this won a Pulitzer, since it's so horribly written. Dry, stiff, wooden, peppered with clichés that must have been huge in the late 19th century - so many faces here are "wreathed in smiles," sometimes twice on the same page. Bok dropped out of school at age 13. Maybe he should have stayed in.Bok's is the ultimate Horatio Alger story: arriving in the U.S. from the Netherlands at age 7 in 1870, not speaking a word of English, his father dying soon after, he and his br [...]


    7. In 1920, the former editor of the Ladies' Home Journal, Edward Bok, published his fascinating memoir, an exceptionally well-written book through which he candidly yet eloquently recounted the step-by-step process of his 'Americanization' from penurious immigrant Dutch boy to affluent pioneering American editor and philanthropist; hence, it is not a surprise that the work secured for its author both the coveted 1921 Pulitzer Prize for Biography/Autobiography as well as the Gold Medal of the Acade [...]


    8. I first noticed this book in the gift shop of Bok Tower, a beautiful garden park and carillon tower commissioned and installed by the eponymous Edward Bok in Lake Wales, FL. Never having heard of him, I bought Bok's book (sorry, couldn't resist that one). With apologies for boring those more knowledgeable than I, it turns out that Mr. Bok, born in Holland and brought to the United States in poverty at the age of seven in 1870, worked hard and became very successful, first in publishing and most [...]


    9. I read this autobiography by Edward Bok as part of my Pulitzer Challenge (see my blog at pulitzer-challenge/). It won the Pulitzer Prize for Biography and Autobiography 1921 and I have to say it absolutely deserved it!Bok, editor of the Ladies' Home Journal for nearly 30 years, chose to write his memoirs in third person. His style is very readable. The reader is taken along his lifeline from his arrival in the United States, his first job at a bakery to support the family, into the editing busin [...]


    10. I really enjoyed this book. This is an autobiography of a longtime editor of the Ladies' Home Journal from late Victorian times through WWI. He emigrated from Holland at age 6, hence the "Americanization" part. Of course, the book suffers (for readers of today) from the conventions of the time: the tendency to only praise, and to overlook some of the faults, of famous people (this is no tell-all), and the rampant sexism (there's a lot of references to "the feminine nature," "the mother instinct, [...]


    11. Read to learn more about the man my hometown has been forever blessed by. Mr. Bok created our beautiful Singing Tower & gardens in Lake Wales, Florida. The middle school I helped create is named after this amazing man. Growing up hearing about him & the many hours I've spent on the grounds of the tower were never fully appreciated until I read his biography. What a complex but very simple man who delights the reader with name dropping like a regular Hollywood wannabe. However his encount [...]


    12. I have read this book twice. There is so much to enjoy. Mr. Bok's stories of his encounters, as both a youth and an adult, with famous people. The success story of an immigrant family. The spotlight on history, including not only World War One but aslo ideas such as widespread use of disposable drinking cups or certain fashion trends.The author would surely be appalled at the Ladies Home Journal today and this book provices an amazing opportunity to see how much less wise and thoughtful today's [...]


    13. A very upbeat bio. Not sure how true it all was but it was very nice to read. So much info of the publishing of magazines in the 1880 to 1920 period. Of course the author was friends with ALL the important literary people of the time along with Government heads of state, military leaders, just anybody of importance and of course all loved him, IT was pretty much Bok who was responsible for all the improvements made in the united states during that time. YEAH?????


    14. Loved this book. An autobiography of the first editor of the Ladies Home Journal, which was a premier magazine in the late 1800s and early 1900s. Edward Bok immigrated to the US from the Netherlands as a 6 year old and was a motivated entrepreneur, even as a boy. It was fascinating to read about him and the influence he had on American society. Highly recommend.


    15. Take out the autobiography self-promotion and you have some fascinating side stories about writers, artists, politicians, etc. It was also interesting to read about how women were perceived by an editor who undoubtedly made a fortune from them. I enjoyed the book.


    16. 3.5 starsMake the world a bit more beautiful and better because you have been in it." Edward William Bok's motto


    17. A very entertaining read on a piece of history I had no knowledge. Bok's story is impressive though the book and is certainly dated and drags a bit towards the end.


    18. I was hoping for some serious dish about being an editor of some significant American periodicals, but Mr. Bok does not dish.


    19. excellent book - especially given the age of the writing. I got a bit bogged down toward the end, but all in all a great read!


    20. As usual in an autobiography, he's full of himself, but it's a fascinating view of being in the magazine business in the 1850s. and just how life was lived at that time.


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